As for the Cascade, this bike is meant to take you just about anywhere your legs can carry you, but above all, it can be transformed into one heck of a bikepacking machine. All that starts with the frame and the sort of capabilities Cotic has endowed the Cascade with.
Believe it or not, this bike is completed from an age-old material. Can you guess what it is? If you're thinking steel, or rather, Chromoly, you'd be right. Cotic uses 853 steel from Reynolds to create the forward triangle into each Cascade frame and in-house 4130 Chromoly for the wishbone seat stay.
Before saying you don't think a steel bike is a good idea or outdated, just consider that technology has come a long way since we were kids. Beyond that, steel is the sort of material cycling manufacturers are exploring more and more because of its structural properties; on a molecular level, steel tends to bend before breaking apart, whereas carbon and aluminum break first before a visible bend it witnessed.
One aspect that gives Cascade such excellent bikepacking capabilities is Cotic's unlimited use of mounts on the frame and fork. You'll find mounts on top and underneath the down tube, on the top tube, and the seat stays. Yes, the fork and seat tube have the same treatment. If you want to see just what can be done with all those mounts, be sure to check out the image gallery.
Now, here's where things get a bit trickier. Depending on your budget and the sort of riding you do, Cotic offers an array of builds to choose from. You can grab the least expensive Cascade with a Microshift Advent 1x10 drivetrain for 2,099 GBP (2,814 USD at current exchange rates) or spend as much as 4,529 GBP (6,073 USD) and rock an SRAM Force 1 and Eagle AXS setup with 12 speeds. Have something else in mind? Just drop 1,265 GBP (1,696 USD) and grab a rolling chassis to deck out with what seems fitting for you. Yup, it's a customizable bike.
As for secondary components such as the cockpit and saddle, most of what Cotic mentions is that this puppy rocks a drop bar handlebar with flare and the fact that it's dropper post ready. A feature we see more and more of these days, and with good reason.
If you never considered an adventure or bikepacking machine for your next cycle purchase, you may want to take a more in-depth look into bikes like Cascade as they seem to be capable of a whole lot more than just carry you around town.